I love to use the book, “The Doorbell Rang” with my Kindergarteners to work on singing in tune. It is magical as we sing the doorbell sound, discuss sharing the cookies, and sort the cookies.
Steps We Use in Class to help our in-tune singing
I read the book to the students and talk about the math, but most importantly, we sing the doorbell sound together. I use resonator bells, but you could use a piano, a glockenspiel, or even your voice.
The students echo me singing “ding dong” using “sol mi”. In first grade, we use the “sol mi” hand signs after we learn those. I use the notes C and A, (an octave above middle c).
Once students get good at singing “ding dong” on the pitch as a group, bring out resonator bells and give each student a turn to play them and to sing it a solo. Use Orff instruments, recorder, or your voice for the “ding dong”. This is magical to them – to hear their voice match the instrument.
Integrate math, helping students figure out how to divide the cookies among all of the kids who come to the door. Get a free set of manipulatives to print and laminate here.
After every student gets a turn as a solo, I bring in a bag of some small cookies. The students love this and it is a great way to get them singing in a beautiful high voice on the pitch. Click below to find the book. (I am an Amazon affiliate)
Ideas for Distance Learning or Non-Singing Classes
This book is perfect for distance learning classes. Unmute your students who volunteer to sing the doorbell sound. If you are in classes where you are not allowed to sing, use an instrument, and have students hum with their mouths closed. Print laminated cookies and heads for each student to sort as the kids arrive in the story.
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